As our readers know all too well, there are still Bluetooth issues with iOS 8.2 and in-car infotainment systems. Apple may have its own answer to car iPhone problems – use Siri to activate your iPhone speakerphone in iOS 8.3 or maybe use an Apple Watch instead. iOS 8.3 is closely connected to the Apple Watch. Apple must want as many apps as possible for the Apple Watch because it worked with BMW to produce the i Remote app.
Hey Siri Feature Updated in iOS 8.3
When iOS 8.0 was launched it added the feature “Hey Siri” to make a phone call, the call did not launch with the speakerphone when connected to a charger. With iOS 8.3 beta 4, when a user asks Siri to make a phone call via the speakerphone, the call will actually be made on speakerphone. The caller says “Hey Siri call Jane on speaker,” and the call is connected through the speakerphone, not the earpiece as before.
We would prefer “Hey Siri fix my Bluetooth connection with car” because the speakerphone on an iPhone is not even close to the sound quality of Bluetooth connection through the car’s speakers especially when there is traffic or car noise.
iOS 8.3 previous beta versions offered wireless connections of CarPlay in-car systems which disappeared in iOS 8.3 version 4.
We are hoping that iOS 8.3 will resolve some more issues than Siri. The iOS 8.2 update resolved an issue that could prevent call audio from routing to car speakers while using Siri Eyes Free and fixed a Bluetooth calling issue where no audio is heard until the call is answered.
We have learned that some problems with Mazda Bluetooth connections have been fixed with iOS 8.2.
Time to Reset Your Car and Apple Watch?
Previously, we suggested the nuke-it fix that sometimes help re-pair Bluetooth connections and in-car systems. One of our readers used the “mini nuke” fix. He reset all network settings on the iPhone, changed the name of the iPhone and did a reset. On his 2005 BMW 330, he disconnected the negative terminal on the battery for about 10 seconds. He’s not sure what fixed things but Bluetooth connections worked again.
However we’ll still getting reports of problems with 2014 Audi Q5, 2015 Nissan Leaf, Honda Accord (Acura TSX) 2010, 2013 Ford F150, 2015 BMW 6 series gran coupe, 2012 KIA Sportage, 2015 Honda Odyssey, 2012 Camry, Honda Civic 2012, 2012 Honda CR-V, Kia Optima 2014, 2015 Ford Fusion, 2014 Chevy Impala, 2013 Volkswagen Tiguan, 2014 Volkswagen Golf, 2014 VW Passat, 2012 Hyundai Elantra, 2013 Camaro ZL1, Toyota Rav 4 2013, 2014 Mazda3 and Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
Drivers have to keep pairing their iPhone with the Ford C-Max 2013 and Ford Explorer. Other issues reported are loss of contact synching with an Audi A4 with music playing. While some other report problems with texts and other advanced features.
The iOS 8.3 update is expected to arrive with the Apple Watch launch on April 24. It is currently is in beta testing. Apple reportedly is taking more time on beta testing to avoid problems.
It appears that Apple prefers to push its own products such as CarPlay rather than work with the automakers and millions of people who already have in-car Bluetooth systems. Or maybe Apple will push the Apple Watch as a solution.
Engineers from BMW’s research center in Palo Alto worked with Apple to adapt the iPhone i Remote app the BMW i3 for the Apple Watch. Dave Buchko, a BMW spokesman says the app will be available to download when the Apple Watch is released on April 24.
The i Remote Apple Watch will allow the wearer to open the doors, show battery charge, flash headlights, honk the horn and get directions to the BMW i3.
The Apple Watch connects to the iPhone through Wi-Fi (with Air Drop) or Bluetooth, therefore the Apple Watch wearer could be further away from the iPhone than a few Bluetooth feet. The Apple Watch along with health apps works as a notifier of iPhone messages as well as phone extension.
What we find it ironic, that a BMW i3 owner could shell out $350 for an Apple Watch to open the doors and then once inside the car not be able to call friends or business associates with the built-in Bluetooth speaker system.
We imagine the BMW owner taping the Apple Watch to say “Hey Siri, take your iPhone 6 and _________________________”
You may fill in the blank….
If you have updated to iOS 8.2 for iPhone 5/5S/5c 6-6+ and it fixed or fried your Bluetooth issues with your in-car infotainment system, please let us know in the comments below, be sure to note your make, model and year of your vehicle. We also welcome any solutions you have found worked with your car.
One commenter noted that you should delete all devices off your iPhone before connecting to the car infotainment system.
We have comments from readers that there are still Bluetooth problems reported with BMW, Audi, Acura, MINI, GM(Chevy, GMC, Cadillac, Buick), Honda, Kia, Toyota, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda, Lexus, Fiat, Hyundai, Chrysler, Acura, Mazda and more.
Previously, after talking to many automakers we asked Why Bluetooth iOS 8-8.1 & iPhone 6-6+ issues persist in cars? It seemed like the 8.1 update helped with a few new model cars. Here is a summary of Bluetooth issues and fixes and checkout the most popular nuke-it fixes.
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